Why do women feel strong and cheerful one day, but drained and small the next? The philosophy of yoga tells us it’s because of the moon centers in the body. Discover how knowing more about them can make your life a little easier.
You get up in the morning feeling great, you glow, you’re ready to take on the world and eager to get going. But in the course of the day your mood fades, your energy drains away, and all you want to do is flop on the couch with a book. How can your spirits sink like that, seemingly for no reason? As if a bad mood came falling out of the sky? It’s because of your moon centers, Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004) would say. He’s the one who brought kundalini yoga, a form based on very ancient yoga wisdom from the Himalayas, to the West. The idea in this yoga philosophy is that the moon affects us in a big way, particularly women. In one of Yogi Bhajan’s lectures, which has been preserved, he explained the effect of lunar energy and the various moon centers. There are eleven of them: eleven spots on the female body that pick up the moon’s energy, as it were, and respond to them, not only physically but in other ways too. According to yoga philosophy, we have several bodies: not only a ‘regular’ one but also a mental, an energetic and a spiritual body.
Moon centers are a woman’s most sensitive and erogenous zones, like neck, vagina, clitoris, lower back and inner thighs. The moon’s energy shifts along these spots in a fixed sequence, and the chin is the central spot. This energy shift runs parallel with the phases of the moon, so in a 28-day cycle. It means the lunar energy moves on to the next center in about two and a half days.
In the yoga tradition, emotions and moods are connected with very concrete, specific places in your body, so your mood changes with the phases of the moon. When the moon energy focuses on a woman’s clitoris or vagina, for example, she will be sociable, extrovert and charming. Lunar energy around the belly button and lower back can evoke feelings of vulnerability; lunar energy in a woman’s ear lobes make her extra critical.
The days when this moon center is active are the best of the month. You are at your best: balanced, self-assured and authoritative. You approach the world with confidence, you are quick to understand things, and you won’t let your emotions run away with you. You are the closest to your truth, to your uniqueness, and it gives you strength. Things seem to flow and fall into place perfectly. This is a good time for making decisions, doing presentations and exceeding yourself. And you do all these things effortlessly – you’re on a roll.
This is a time for paying attention to what passes your lips. What do you say? How does the communication go? You have the gift of the gab on days like these, which is nice, because your words carry weight and people listen to you. But there is danger too: your words may uplift and inspire or alienate and destroy. You need to use your sensitivity and be cautious. If in doubt, be silent. On the plus side, your lips are extra sensual, so these are days for kissing!
When the lunar energy focuses on this center, the emphasis is on rationality and values. What is important to you? How can you achieve it? This is a time when you are at your most analytical, ready to debate the things that really matter. It’s a good time to do political work, or discuss what values you want to uphold at work or at home. You get things done.
When the moon center is in the vagina, you are sociable and outgoing, but it has a deeper quality to it as well. You want to connect in a more intimate way and spend time with others to find the core issues and the essence of life. This won’t always work, not with everyone – so maybe you feel the need to be by yourself. It’s a good time to meditate.
You are charming, sociable and outgoing. This is a good time to wear a new dress to a party, make new friends, grab the phone. With the moon energy in this center, it’s not a good time to balance your checkbook or analyze you relationships at home or in the workplace. Go out and use the moon energy to make new contacts, bring people together, and expand your network.
Eyebrows are sensitive, so when the moon exerts her influence there, you are dreamy. You have imagination, you’re creative and you fantasize away. Write, sing, make music, paint, try something new, play with children, do some mind mapping. Dream about the future? Now is the time.
The “pinks of the cheeks” can be a tricky time because you have a tendency to be emotional, fickle or unpredictable. You say things you don’t mean, or they come out wrong – and it will literally bring a blush of shame to your cheeks. This is a time for self-discipline. Try to count to ten before you blurt something out, and put off buying things until you’re absolutely sure you need them. Emotional situations are best avoided right now.
This is a time of carefree joy, a time without limits. It’s a good moment for brainstorms, making plans, and giving free rein to your imagination. You may be less patient with things like chairing meetings, doing precision work or setting boundaries. You feel like flirting and taking risks. You may be a little capricious, but you get away with it.
When the lunar energy is in this center, it’s a sensitive and intimate period. You are open to others, warm and compassionate. A surprise for a loved one, a pan of soup for your neighbor, a helping hand at school: you do it all with love. But watch out, don’t promise too much and only do what you can handle – the lunar energy will shift away in a couple of days!
When the moon center is in the thighs, you’re bursting with energy. These are wonderfully productive days: you get up early, you’re in a flow and you get a lot done. You’re eager to cross off all the things on your to-do list. This is a good time to tidy up loose ends, but also to start planning new projects.
When this moon center is activated, you may feel insecure and very vulnerable to criticism. This is a good time to take a step back and recharge your batteries. Try meditation, writing in your journal, reading a good book, dancing, or seeing a movie. Allow inspiration to come to you.
Read the whole article in our issue 21 ‘Practice Peace’
Text: Anne Wesseling
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